The Canton of Geneva extended its warm welcome to Ambassador Liu Zhenmin, the new Permanent Representative of China, at the historical Fondation Zoubov. Mr. Pierre-François Unger, President of the State Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, and Mr. Pierre Losio, President of the Grand Council of the Canton met Ambassador Liu and hosted a lunch in his honour earlier this week.
Ambassador Liu highlighted Geneva’s prominence as a major platform to promote multilateralism and enhance international cooperation, hosting numerous international organizations and diplomatic missions. He also associated Geneva with China’s diplomacy as the place the People’s Republic’s made its debut on the international stage when late Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai attended the Geneva conference in 1954.
Ambassador Liu said that China-Switzerland ties have grown vigorously in recent years, evidenced by increasing exchanges and cooperation between Geneva and China. He expressed his appreciation to the Canton and City of Geneva for the long-term support to China and the Chinese mission and promised to work to further China-Switzerland cooperation.
President Unger welcomed Ambassador Liu to his new post in Geneva and reaffirmed the importance Geneva and Switzerland attach to China, citing the example of Switzerland being among the first western countries to recognize the People’s Republic of China. He highly commended the deepening exchanges and cooperation between Switzerland and China in a wide range of areas including economy, trade, science and technology, environment protection, tourism and sports. He also expressed the strong desire of the Canton to develop closer ties with China.